St. Mary's, Farndale

Temple Moore's simple but lovely church in the upper reaches of Farndale happens to be on the route of one of the classic short walks of the North York Moors. It's an enchanting ramble along the River Dove, with the chance to see the famous Farndale daffodils along the way.

  • Approximate distance: 3.5 miles
  • Approximate time: 2 hours
  • Terrain: Easy - the section between Low Mill and Church Houses is fully accessible to pushchairs and wheelchairs
  • Maps: Ordnance Survey Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western Area; Ordnance Survey Landrangers 94 Whitby and Esk Dale and 100 Malton and Pickering
  • Start: Low Mill
  • Temple Moore Trail locations: St Mary's, Farndale East
  • Refreshments: Pub at Church Houses; Daffy Cafe at High Mill
St. Mary's, Farndale

Directions

  1. Leave the car park and take the path opposite the post office signposted to High Mill. It leads down the bank to a footbridge over the River Dove. Cross the bridge and go through a gate on your left.
  2. Wayfinding is straightforward for the next mile and a half. The path stays close to the riverbank, passing through hay meadows and small patches of woodland. In spring the wild daffodils line the way.
  3. Eventually the path gives way to a narrow lane and you'll pass between the buildings of High Mill. In another quarter of a mile the lane brings you to the hamlet of Church Houses.
  4. Bear right past the Feversham Arms and carry on round to the right, following a sign to Hutton-le-Hole and Gillamoor. The lane bends gently uphill. St Mary's is behind the trees on your left.
  5. After the church, keep going up the lane for about another 300m. Shortly after a house on your right, look out for a footpath signpost and a gate into the field.
  6. Keep to the field edge. Go over a ladder stile and follow the hedge to a gate. Make a beeline for Bragg Farm, opposite. The way past the farm buildings is signposted to Low Mill. Go through a gate and carry on along the track. After about 200m, climb a stile at the end of the wall on your right and head diagonally across the next field towards another farm, the intriguingly named Bitchagreen.
  7. Cross a stile and walk downhill past the farmhouse to a gate just beyond. After two fields, negotiate a ladder stile and pass below barns, making for the bottom corner of the field, where you'll find a gate.
  8. Carry on downhill with the hedge and fence on your left. At the bottom corner of the field turn left. Go through the gate and straight on to High Wold House. After passing through the farmyard, turn right through a field gate and continue downhill with the wall on your right.
  9. Cross a stile close to the stream. Go over the footbridge and carry on downhill along the remains of a paved path to find yourself at the footbridge over the River Dove that you crossed at the start of the walk. The car park at Low Mill is on the opposite bank.

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